Comment on criterion eight

Criterion Eight: Multi-level approaches, involving government at different levels

Criterion Eight: Multi-level approaches, involving government at different levels

by Secretariat GenderCC -
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LCD strategies require multi-level approaches, i.e. they are not only about policies of national governments, but ought to involve regional and local governments, as these are in charge of spatial planning, urban development and design, and transport, energy, water and sanitation infrastructures that are decisive for carbon intensity and also resilience. Multi-level approaches and arrangements have benefits in two ways: citizens and especially women may have their needs more easily voiced at the local level; while policy planners faced with local needs and priorities are obliged to deal with local complexities. Providing guidance and incentives to local and regional authorities to contribute to low carbon development are not an add-on, but an essential element of national and international climate policy. Moreover, in many countries, chances for gender balanced decision-making are somewhat better at local levels than at national levels.